Swimming Pools & Paddling Pools
There are three public swimming pools in Brighton and Hove: Prince Regent Swimming Complex, King Alfred Leisure Centre and St Luke's Pool. There are also some very popular leisure centres with swimming pools a short car drive away. All the pools listed are indoor pools unless stated. Please adhere to the pools' regulations. Generally all children who are 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult in the pool.
In it's efforts to be child friendly Brighton's children (under 16s) can still enjoy free swimming at any of the council's public pools (on inset days too). You have to get a swimming pass for each child at each pool. However, if you register your child at The Prince Regent the pass can also be used at St Luke's pool. Take along their birth certificate or passport to any of Brighton and Hove Council's 3 swimming pools where a member of staff will issue you with a free pass for your child.
When it's a lovely sunny hot day and you want to keep the kids cool, why not head for one of the four paddling pools which are run by Brighton and Hove Council and are free? They are open from late May to early September. For further details contact The Prince Regent Swimming Complex on 01273 685692.
Swimming lessons are available at the city's swimming pools as well as other pools. Please go to our Clubs and Classes: Swimming Lessons section if you are looking for swimming lessons for children in Brighton and Hove.
King Alfred Leisure Centre
The King Alfred is situated in Kingsway, Hove. It can be reached by car or bus (nos 1, 6, 20, 49 all stop nearby; Stagecoach 700, 702). There is a car park next to the pool as well as on street parking, for which a ticket must be purchased.
There are two pools, one of which is reserved for teaching and children's parties. There is a very family friendly beach-style approach at one end of the pool which also has a slide.
Lessons are available
Lewes Leisure Centre
Lewes Leisure Centre has two pools, one of which is a small family pool and is warmer than the other. The centre offers special family fun sessions with large floats, on Saturdays and Sundays between 3 and 5pm.
Lessons are available.
Pells Pool (Open air pool)
This large open air swimming pool is the only one of its kind a few miles from Brighton. Please adhere to the pool's regulations for young swimmers, which states that the ratios for adult supervision for children are: one adult per two children aged 3 and under, and three children aged 4 to 7 per one adult.
Prince Regent Swimming Complex
The Prince Regent is in central Brighton and is easy to get to by bus. There is a car park but it can get full at busy times. The complex has four pools and a water slide. The teaching pool is warmer and has a small slide for younger children. The teaching pool is open specifically for families with children under 8 on weekdays from 12 to 1.30pm and 2.30 to 4pm. There is another small pool which is open from 10.30am to 8pm weekdays.
Lessons are available.